Field Leader - Overnight

OCC Field Leader - Overnight Module

A two-day course on effective group management techniques for longer outdoor trips.

A pre-requisite to the course is at least one OCC Field Leader course. This nationally recognized course will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training and certification in Field Leader – Overnight and qualifies participants to lead longer trips in low-risk terrain classes relevant to their activity. The program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail group volunteers, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout and Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. The course will be delivered by an OCC certified instructor. It is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the NS Chapter of the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

To be hiking leaders, participants should have some hiking experience and be able to participate in a low risk natural environment hike on a designated trail while carrying what they will need for the day outside. The module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for longer outdoor trips.  Participants are required to read a manual, and participate in an online planning meeting beforehand. Participants who successfully meet the course outcomes will earn Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leader – Overnight certification along with the necessary skills to be a confident overnight hiking leader. All of the instruction will be outdoors, including an overnight hiking trip. Participants must attend the full two-day course in order to receive certification. For further information regarding Field Leader - Overnight Certification, please go to the Outdoor Council of Canada.


The cost is $155 (with an additional 15% off for paid Hike NS members). A reduced fee of $125 is available for Duke of Edinburgh leaders. Registration includes a course manual and a one-year membership with the Outdoor Council of Canada. All participants must sign a waiver. Further course information will be provided upon registration. Participants are responsible for their own meals and transportation.

Register for a Course

Field Leader-Overnight module: Halifax September 21-22 Register

Cancellation Policy

Hike NS requires three full days’ notice in order to reimburse anyone who wishes to cancel their registration. For this course, notice of cancellation by email or phone must be received by 5 pm on September 17. Sometimes Hike NS must cancel a course due to instructor illness, low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstance. If Hike NS has to cancel the course, you will be contacted at least a day in advance and will be fully reimbursed.

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